TEAM WORK: Entries are up 50% for this year’s Samson Challenge to be held at Goonellabah’s Hepburn Park.
TEAM WORK: Entries are up 50% for this year’s Samson Challenge to be held at Goonellabah’s Hepburn Park. Marc Stapelberg

Samson set to be biggest yet

PREPARATIONS are finalised for the 2016 Samson Challenge this Saturday which is set to be the biggest in the event's history.

Organiser Rebekka Battista said entries were up about 50% on 2015 numbers and she hoped to raise more than $20,000 for Our Kids.

"We have got nearly 600 competitors which is pretty amazing," she said.

"There are 147 teams and last year we had 80 so it has been a huge increase which is fantastic."

Teams of four will compete in nine gruelling challenges, including a farmers walk with jerry cans, a prowler push, a 130kg truck tyre flip, a burpee challenge, two 2km run legs, a 1km swim, a mystery leg and a crazy obstacle course.

"We've got people flying in from Sydney and people coming down from Brisbane, plus with all our amazing local support there will certainly be some strong competition," Mrs Battista said.

"The weather looks like it is going to be overcast which will be good for the competitors because there are five teams that start every 15 minutes from 7.15am, so it will cool things down a little bit."

The ideal place for spectators to watch the spectacle of the fitness challenge, Mrs Battista said, was the hill at Goonellabah's Hepburn Park.

"Also on the day we have got the kids Samson, so for families who come along their kids can do a mini Samson challenge obstacle course," she said.

"Members of the Lismore 41st army battalion are helping us set up, man the legs and they are also entering three teams."

Presentations will be at the Richmond Hotel from 4.45pm.